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Kyoto Cycling Tour Project

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Address: Kyoto 600-8235, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 75-354-3636

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient...

A city where is full with history and culture. In such a city, ancient traditional daily practices are remained in the backstreets, where usually not put in travel guide books. KCTP cycling tour leads you to explore those Kyoto’s chessboard like backstreet’s culture and custom with professional English speaking guides. Probably, it is the slowest cycling tour in the world, so even senior has no hesitate to join. Let’s explore Kyoto’s little treasure together!

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Great private tour

We rode with a private tour guide and she was fantastic! She answered all our questions and it was very informative and fun! The ride was mostly flat with some hills, but overall... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Michael L

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We rode with a private tour guide and she was fantastic! She answered all our questions and it was very informative and fun! The ride was mostly flat with some hills, but overall easy. We did the back street tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just finished the western tour with Naoko. Our guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating. It was expensive but definitely worth it. Would recommend as a great way to see the sights and also get some exercise which was needed after a week of gluttonous eating in Japan.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We were looking at this place initially for a tour, and we sort of left it to the day of to decide whether to do a tour or just rent bikes. As it went, we didn't get to the station/rental place til after noon, so we just rented bikes for the afternoon and used our phone to GPS us around... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

We had only 2 days in Kyoto and decided to spend part of this time on the KINKAKU ARASHIYAMA GOLDEN TOUR. We weren't disappointed. We booked very last minute and they were able to arrange a tour for just the 2 of us. Keiko was a wonderful guide. She was very caring and knowledgeable- she knew the best spots to... More 

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Syracuse NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

We spent the day cycling the western sites (Golden Temple, Nijojo Castle, Bamboo forest, etc). We found the cycling to be the best way to see these sites as they are not within walking distance of one another. If you don't bike, you would have to do it by taxi or by tour bus. Our guide was very knowledgeable and... More 

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Osan, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

My friend and I took the backstreet tour throughout Kyoto. It was just ok. The riding was easy but we were very disappointed to ride by and/or stand outside the tour highlights. The tour felt very shallow.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

I booked this trip for a group of 5 and a couple were a bit shocked at the price. Having said that, at the end of the day everyone agreed that it was the best thing we did in Japan. It's a great way to tour around - and quite easy to ride through Kyoto (traffic is fine). Having your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Started from their northern outpost,first stop was the garden with the golden pavillion. Since it was raining, they provided us with raingear. From there we went to the Kodaiji temple with its rock garden, then on to the bamboo forest. All in all, about 3.5 hours of easy cycling and interesting sights. Very friendly and informative lady guide, Keiko.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

We did the full day tour and rode through the backstreets and felt this was a wonderful way to see Kyoto. Our guide was Kitty and she was fantastic - lots of information a great sense of fun with the kids (ages 11 and 13 yrs). We felt safe at all times and as Kyoto is largely flat we were... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

You find this small shop close to Kyoto Station. We did not join their guided cycling tours, but simply rented bikes for the day. Cost 1000 yen per day. Then we took a ride along the Kyoto river and used some hours seing other parts of Kyoto. It was enjoyable and if you bike along the river (few points where... More 

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